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Digest #4791
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna


Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:41 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Nag Mahasaya, the householder disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, was able to escape the chains of samsara (worldly life) by becoming humbler and smaller, with less and less egoism; he became so tiny that he could creep through to safety. Nag Mahasaya felt, "I am the servant of the servants of God" - Dasoham. Vivekananda, another disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, on the other hand expanded himself until he identified himself with the entire Universe and so, the chain broke unable to contain his majesty. Vivekananda felt that he was the Master, the Isa who was Idam Sarvam, Sada Soham - he was always steady in the conviction that he was That. This is the identity of the Individual and the Universal (Jiva-Brahma-aikya-anusandhanam), the true celestial wedding. Every individual must endeavour to practice this Consciousness and celebrate this union in their lives. Choose one path that best suits your personality and persist in practice until you attain victory! Sri Satya Sai Baba

Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:42 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


A green gourd sinks in water; but a dry one floats. Become dry, rid yourselves of attachments, desires, avoid anxieties and worries. Then you can float unaffected on the waters of change and chance. Even water, when it becomes steam, can rise into the sky. Become light and lose weight, so that you may rise higher and higher. Yoga is chitta vritti nirodha - prevention of impulses that agitate the inner consciousness of man. These impulses add to the ballast. Be free from desires that drag you down; have only the yearning to come face to face with the Truth. That Truth is shining inside you, waiting to be discovered. God is Indweller (antaryami), and so, when He is sought in the outer world He cannot be caught. Love Him with no other thought; feel that without Him nothing is worth anything; feel that He is all. Then you become His and He becomes yours. There is no nearer kinship than that. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:44 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


The mind is not just a window; it is also a camera

The mind is like a window; it integrates inputs coming from the senses and presents them to the soul for processing (Bhagavad-gita 15.09). Of course, the mind is a sophisticated window – it's like the computer screen of a security system that displays inputs from close circuit TVs placed strategically in a high-security building.

Significantly, the mind is also like a camera that records whatever it perceives. It is like a high-end security system, wherein images are not just displayed on the screen but also stored in the data drive. The impressions stored in the mind arise within us as its propositions. Thus, the mind is like a responsive camera that not only records inputs but also thereafter zeroes in on those inputs.

For example, if someone has drunk repeatedly, their vision often latches on to drinks when partying or on to bars when driving. The stronger the impressions in the mind, the more forceful are its propositions. Over time, these propositions become so automatic and inevitable that they become our habits, even our addictions. The mind's impressions direct our actions throughout our life and even shape our destination beyond this life. Our future body is determined by our present life-conception (15.08). And our life- conception is the cumulative of the mind's prominent impressions.

Encouragingly for us, bhakti-yoga channels the mind's dual nature spiritually. How? It uses the mind's window function by urging us to focus on Krishna-centered perceptions such as Deities, scriptures and holy names. And it uses the mind's camera function by urging us to remember Krishna constantly, thereby forming devotional impressions in the mind. When these impressions arise as default propositions within us, they deepen our focus on Krishna, thereby purifying our consciousness and propelling us towards his eternal abode for a life of endless love.

Think it over:

How is the mind like a window?

How is the mind like a camera?

How does bhakti-yoga channel the mind's dual nature?

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